UMCES President and Professor Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm

Administrator / Faculty

Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm

President and Professor
Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm
President and Professor
University Administration


Dr. Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm is the president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. He is a hydrologist and water resources engineer with research interests in modeling of surface and groundwater systems, climate-hydrology-vegetation interactions, remote sensing applied to hydrologic cycle processes and water quality, and modeling of the water-energy-food nexus. Dr. Miralles-Wilhelm has been a Principal Investigator in over $300M worth of research sponsored by NASA, NOAA, NSF, USDA, USAID, the World Bank and other agencies, and has worked as a research and consultant in water resources projects in the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe for over 30 years. Prior to his tenure at UMCES, Dr. Miralles-Wilhelm was the dean of George Mason University's College of Science. He has also served as a faculty member at Northeastern University, the University of Miami, Florida International University, and the University of Maryland. Additionally, he spent five years as a civil servant at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C. 

Dr. Miralles-Wilhelm is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. He is also a registered professional engineer in the states of Massachusetts and Florida.


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1993)
  • M.S., Engineering, University of California, Irvine (1989)
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela (1987)